Geographic

  • Governments mull greater geo gTLD powers

    … Governments are toying with the idea of asking ICANN for greater powers over gTLDs that match their geographic features. The names of rivers, mountains, forests and towns could be protected under ideas bandied around at the ICANN 57 meeting in India today. The Governmental Advisory Committee held a session this morning to discuss expanding…

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  • DCA fails .africa evaluation

    … ruling stating that ICANN erred by accepting the advice with no explanation, compelling ICANN to put the DCA application back into evaluation. After a six-month review, the Geographic Names Panel has now concluded that, duh, nobody supports DCA’s bid. ICANN has now changed the status of DCA’s application from “Not Approved” to “Will Not Proceed…

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  • Tata’s bid for .tata gTLD scuppered by Morocco

    … Tata Group, the humongous Indian conglomerate, has been told its flagship application for a dot-brand gTLD has been refused. ICANN on Friday changed the status of the application for .tata from “On Hold” to “Will Not Proceed”, a limbo state that is usually expected to lead to the application being withdrawn. It is believed that Tata’s row…

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  • Africa hands coffin nails to DotConnectAfrica evaluators

    … The African Union and a United Nations commission have formally told ICANN that they don’t support DotConnectAfrica’s bid for .africa. When it comes to showing governmental support, a necessity under ICANN’s rules for a geographic gTLD applications, the UN Economic Commission for Africa was DCA’s only prayer. Company CEO Sophia Bekele had…

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  • ICANN finally publishes THAT .africa letter, makes me look like an idiot

    … program’s Geographic Names Panel at InterConnect Communications. The GNP took the letter as an official endorsement of ZACR’s bid, enabling it to pass the Geographic Names Review and proceed to the next stage of the program. Having seen (and published) the signed AUC letter, I opined here in July that it looked like it had been mostly been written…

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  • ICANN will post more uncensored .africa info

    … clarity into what exactly ICANN sent and why remain redacted. Communications between ICANN and InterConnect, which ran the Geographic Names Panel, and references to the Kenyan government’s did-they-didn’t-they support for DCA also remain redacted. Related posts: ICANN execs helped African Union win .africa — report ICANN rejects Bulgarian IDN info request African Union slams “dysfunctional” IRP as ICANN tries to fend off cover-up claims …

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  • Most governments keep restrictions on country names in new gTLDs

    … Just one out of every 10 governments in the ICANN Governmental Advisory Committee is happy for people to register its country name in new gTLDs. That’s according to a new GAC database detailing which countries want to keep tabs on how their names are being used. Out of 80 GAC members contributing to the database, just eight have said registries…

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  • New gTLD program thrown into chaos as ICANN loses .africa case

    … ruling, especially coming as ICANN seeks to extricate itself from US government oversight, because it implicitly calls on ICANN’s board to treat GAC advice with much less deference. What’s the backstory? DCA and ZACR have competing applications for .africa, which is a protected geographic string. Under new gTLD program rules, only an applicant…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 12 readers -
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